Saturday, September 10, 2016


Other people's dawgs.

This petite specimen was named after Wilford Brimley.

He's also got plenty of followers and we're sure you'll see why.

We're loathe to critique our Creator, but this business of great big pups not living as long - by far - as their teeny canine cousins is - well, just wrong.

We had Earl for almost seven years: Congestive heart failure took him before major aches and pains wreaked havoc on his happiness. And he was 'only' about 135.

If you don't care about furniture, if you can handle those all too early goodbyes... If your knees - or higher - can endure the agony of massive wagging, then canine gigantus are for you. (So's made up Latin.)

And in things related and not...

Lab and lab mixes are the highest population of thrown away dogs in shelters because people don't realize that it takes larger dogs longer to mature. They need exercise, patience and love. They've chewed things up, gotten loose, need way more exercise than many people realize or are willing to give them. So off to the pound they go.

If you rescue one of these guys - one someone else has thrown away - there are special angel points for you somewhere down the line. Not to mention the right now angel points of seeing the look in that dog's eyes knowing he's got a home.

And, yes, this is being sent to someone who decided just that today after we saw a very sad, very big dog earlier. My friend, you're not fooling me for a minute. Here's why:

You had as many good excuses as anyone I know for not getting that dog. To say that I'm amazed you decided to do it isn't about underestimating YOU at all: It's about realizing everything you'll have to do to accommodate that great big sad afraid to be happy puppy in your world.

I can't remember being so proud to know another human. And I know some stand-up people. Oh - and the fact that you could've adopted him there today with media present and made it about you isn't lost on me. That you're going there early tomorrow with the stipulation that it's a private event is - awesome. And the proud thing? It just doubled.

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